CLSP Newsletter July 2017July 2017

June: Summer has begun! We hope your program is off to a great start
Writing on the 2019 Children’s Manual is underwaySeptember: The Board of Directors will work to create a strategic plan
November: The Nominating Committee meets to discuss open positionsJanuary: Work begins on the agenda for the annual meeting
Signing up for a CSLP Committee just got easier! Please check out our newly revised committee sign-up form. Our committees are the strength of our organization, please share as widely as possible! CSLP Committee Application
CLSP Newsletter July 2017

Matt McLain

Happy July, everyone!

I hope Summer Reading is going well for everyone.

I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself to those of you who don’t know me. I have worked with the Salt Lake County Library for the past four years as a branch manager. Prior to that, I worked as Youth Services Consultant for the Utah State Library. Before that, I worked for 13 years at the Salt Lake City Library.

During my time at the State Library, I started being involved with CSLP. I have attended the annual meetings for the past seven years and prior to becoming CSLP President, I was Treasurer for three years.

It is an exciting time to be part of CSLP! We have a new Organizational Coordinator, Luke Kralik, who has already hit the ground running, learning everything he can about our organization and taking on all of the project management that he can. As one of his first major projects, he is helping the Board develop a new Strategic Plan for CSLP.

Another project Luke is taking on is making sure the online manual will be searchable when it is released this fall. He has connected with our web service provider and believes that we can put together something that will be user friendly. We want to make sure all of our products are meeting our Members’ needs. We are identifying ways we can make the manuals more usable, with the excellent content you love, but trimming it down so it is a little less overwhelming.

One of the most popular aspects of the Summer Reading Manuals is the artwork. If you aren’t already aware, we are very excited to announce that we have artists for the next three program years!! In 2018, we are using artwork by Brian Pinkney for the “Libraries Rock” theme. In 2019, the space-themed “Universe of Stories” artwork will be created by Leeza Hernandez. Just recently, we signed a contract with LeUyen Pham to create art for 2020 that will complement the Fairytale, World Mythology and Fantasy theme.

This work has been done so we have a greater chance at finding artists who can put us on their schedule and create amazing art that CSLP will own. This provides the opportunity to use artwork in ways we were never able to when we were licensing it, and in ways we still aren’t completely anticipating.

The CSLP Board is committed to being responsive to your needs. If you have any concerns or questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and share your comments.

Thank you for being a CSLP member and thank you for your commitment to helping children read, learn, and continue to excel, even through the summer.

Matt McLain
CSLP President, 2017-2018


How are your libraries “Building a Better World”?CLSP Newsletter July 2017

Have you, or someone you know, used this year’s theme in a particularly outstanding way? Maybe you put some artwork on a cake, or had a fantastic craft activity. If so we would love to highlight these activities and share them with the membership!

Please send your photos and any informative details to Luke Kralik at:
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 “We empower libraries to foster community”

-New CSLP Mission Statement

CSLP Has a New Mission Statement!

In order to become the best collaborative organization it can be, the CSLP has adopted “We empower libraries to foster community” as its new mission statement.

At the annual meeting this year in Charleston, the board attended an outstanding training led by Denise Lyons from the South Carolina State Library. The training focused on identifying the “why” of an organization, and the importance of expressing this “why” in a mission statement. Upon reflection, the board concluded that the current mission statement did not capture the “why”, and was a bit lengthy.

Vice President Chrissie McGovern led a small committee through the process of creating a new mission statement. After reviewing the results of a survey sent to the entire board, the committee crafted the new statement. The statement was met with wide approval at the July board meeting, and was quickly approved.

Update from the Organization Coordinator

by Luke Kralik

I hope everyone’s summer reading programs are off to a great start! My own children have signed up at our public library, and it was really cool to see how the library has incorporated this year’s artwork into their promotional flyers.

CLSP Newsletter July 2017

Luke Kralik

I feel I am beginning to settle in as your Organizational Coordinator. There is a lot to learn, but I am beginning to take on more responsibilities and am getting a better understanding of what needs to be done.

Speaking of what needs to be done, please do not hesitate to reach out and let me know how CSLP can better serve you, and the librarians in your state. If it is important to you, it is important to me! Feel free to send me an email, or give me a phone call. I am on Pacific time, and keep office hours Monday through Friday, from 7:30am – 4:30pm, taking a lunch from 1pm – 2pm. I look forward to working with you to make CSLP the best it can be!

Thank you!


CLSP Newsletter July 2017

Karen Day

Update on the 2018 CSLP Manuals

by Karen Day

Thank you to those State Representatives who have already submitted the 2018 manual, incentive catalog, and free t-shirt orders. If you have not submitted yet and need another copy of the order form, please contact the CSLP office and we will send it to you immediately.

Manuals will be in all four formats again this year and all formats will also have on-line access. Also remember that all shipping charges will be invoiced to the states this year. Delivery for the manuals will be to a drop-ship location in your state in the fall.

For the four partial states, your State Membership and Manual Order Form has been sent to you via e-mail and is posted on the CSLP website. Please forward the order form directly to the libraries in your state or direct them to the CSLP website at:

Spotlight on a Reading Superstar!

I can’t recall everything I did in the past four years, but I know for certain I didn’t read 1000 books or serve as “Librarian for the Day” at the Library of Congress.

Daliyah Marie Arana, a superstar reader from Georgia, completed all of this and more, in her first four years of life. If you haven’t heard her heartwarming story, American Libraries wrote a touching piece in their January issue.

While not all young readers make it to the hallowed halls of our national library, they are all special and deserving of our recognition. If there a young reader making a big difference in your state, please let us know! We would love to share these inspirational stories with the entire CSLP membership!

Please send information to:


What is on the horizon for CSLP?

2018: Theme/Music; Slogan/”Libraries Rock”; Artist/Brian Pinkney

2019: Theme/Space; Slogan/”A Universe of Stories” Artist/Leeza Hernandez

2020: Theme/Fairytales, Mythology, Fantasy; Artist/LeUyen Pham

CLSP Newsletter July 2017


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